Through out history man has always had a trusty companion by his site, a creature so attached to us it’s called man’s best friend. I’m speaking of dogs of course, but how much do you know about our four legged friends? You probably know they go “woof” and love to chew on bones, but I’m sure you didn’t know most of these crazy facts about dogs:
1) Stray dogs in Russia have figured out how to use the subway system in order to travel to more populated areas in search of food.
2) Dogs don’t enjoy being hugged as much as humans and primates do. Canines interpret putting a limb over another animal as a sign of dominance.
3) Two stray dogs in Afghanistan saved 50 American soliders. A Facebook group raised $21,000 to bring the dogs back to the US and reunite them with the soldiers.
4) “A day in the Life” by The Beatles has an extra high-pitched whistle, audible only to dogs. It was recorded by Paul McCartney for the enjoyment of his Shetland sheepdog.
5) This cute dog, Nesbit, earned over one million Delta airline miles in his life and even had his own frequent flier card.
6) One of Michael VickÆs former fighting dogs, Leo, went on to be a therapy dog who comforted dying children.
7) Service dogs are trained to know when they are on duty. When their harness is on, they know it’s business time. When you take it off, the pups immediately become playful and energetic.
8) Tiger Woods stuttered as a child and used to talk to his dog until he fell asleep in an effort to get rid of it.
9) Seeing eye dogs pee and poo on command so that their owners can clean up after them. Male dogs are also trained to do their business without lifting their leg.
10) In ancient China, an emperor’s last line of defense was a small Pekingese dog literally hidden up his sleeve.
11) When Lord Byron was informed that his dog was not allowed to come with him to Cambridge Trinity College, he retaliated by bringing a bear instead.
12) During the 1860s, in San Francisco, two stray dogs who were best friends became local celebrities. Their exploits were celebrated in local papers and they were granted immunity from the city’s dog catchers.
13) There is this crazy dog-shaped building in New Zealand.
14) This dog, Naki’o, lost all of his legs to frostbite in Colorado, but now has four prosthetic legs and can run around like normal.
15) The wetness of a dog’s nose is essential for determining what direction a smell is coming from.
16) Hyenas aren’t actually dogs. They are more closely related to cats.
17) Spiked dog collars were invented by the ancient Greeks and were originally designed to protect dogs throats from wolf attacks.
18) Baks the blind boxer has a seeing eye goose named Buttons. Buttons the four-year-old goose leads her pup around everywhere either by hanging onto him with her neck, or by honking to tell him which way to go.
19) Frito Feet is the name of the phenomenon in which the bacteria on a dog’s paws cause them to smell like corn chips. Because a dog’s feet are in constant contact with the ground, they pick up tons of microorganisms in their paws. When dogs cool off by sweating through the pads of their feet, the combo of moisture and bacteria releases a nutty, popcorn-like aroma.
20) Dogs drink water by using forming the back of their tongue into a mini cup.
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